One of my favorite Indonesian finds is their amazing beauty secret… LULUR body scrub! It’s basically their local body scrub. I don’t recommend just any Lulur, since there are so many available in the supermarkets, drugstores, etc. When using the right brands, I can say that it’s the best body scrub I’ve ever had, even when compared to professional treatment, which usually irritate the heck out of my sensitive skin.
Traditionally Lulur is powder (pictured on the left), that is mixed into a paste with warm water. It is then scrubbed throughout the body (I don’t use it for my face) left for a few minutes (follow instruction on the packet) then rinsed. When you follow the proper instructions (must be patient and do not rinse immediately!) it can have almost miraculous effects. Natatangal talaga lahat ng libag! Haha! Any dirt and dead skin cells will wash off to reveal super smooth and soft skin. I first tried traditional Lulur on a trip to Jogja. It’s also made and widely available in Bali (check out Krisna Bali)
My favorite brand is SEKAR JAGAT, the one in the blue tub on the right. It’s basically instant-lulur because it’s already premixed. While you are in the shower, you just rub the mixture on your skin, leave it for a couple of minutes and rinse. Lazy-person’s lulur haha! If you can’t get the traditional powder, Sekar Jagat is THE BEST! Seriously!
I’ve tried many other lulur brands (like the one pictured in the middle), but the others I’ve tried have that exfoliating property without the moisturizing effect of the traditional powder or Sekar Jagat. I have crazy sensitive and dry skin, so my skin just feels dry and… well, scrubbed. I don’t feel the wonderfully smooth, silky and moisturized results that I do with Sekar Jagat. I also like that I don’t need to prepare it, very convenient to use compared to the traditional powder form.
The only downside with Sekar Jagat because it’s uses fresh natural ingredients is that it wont last as long.
- Before buying check the expiration date on the cover.
- Open each tub to check the content’s color and smell. Sometimes it can get contaminated before the expiration date.
- Store tubs in the chiller to extend shelf life.
Where Buy Sekar Jagat:
- YOGYAKARTA – Mirota Batik on the famous Jl. Marlioboro for IDR 8.500 (this was in 2011)
- BALI – Krisna Bali in Denpasar for IDR 8.500 (this was in 2011)
- Check the stalls in Blok M Square, I’ve seen it a couple of times. They will usually ask IDR 20.000 for it but I’ve haggled up to IDR 8.500
- Once I saw it in Pasaraya or Alun-Alun, but they were selling it for something like about IDR 30.000.
How about you? Have you tried Indonesian lulur? Do you have any favorite brands you wanna recommend? Why do you love it and where can we get it! I’d love to hear from you!